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Old 06-18-2009, 06:43 AM
 
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Chicago is not a bad choice with all there is downtown: museums, Shed Aquarium, Navy Pier (Edit: Check out Navy Pier online. The kids will love it), boat rides, Wrigley Field, great parks with something going on all the time, on/off trolley, The Lake, etc. It's neat to take one of the tours on the river and see the back side of downtown. You will also be given a history lesson (sorry kids).

http://www.navypier.com/

The problem is hotel cost. You would likely want to stay out in one of the suburbs and travel in on one of the trains. Once you are downtown get a day pass for one of the trolleys and use it to get around. City buses will take you right to the museums and the aquarium.

My wife is from Chicago and finally convinced me to stay in downtown. Wish she had convinced me sooner. We had a ball and it was not what I expected a big city downtown to be. Clean, safe, tons of stuff to do.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Hannibal Mo-Home of Mark Twain...take Rt 79 up....beautiful drive...wave at my sister in Louisiana, Mo as you go thru.

I've always wanted to go to Branson...
Go Tubbing on the Current River. It's down south there past Dexter.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, Ohio
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How about a Route 66 trip? Either up to Chicago, or out West. There are tons of Web pages showing the route, and it's entertaining, and staying in a vintage motel (even a wigwam in Arizona) and eating at places recommended by travel and food gurus like the Sterns or even Guy Fieri is reasonably priced. There are museums and quirky roadside attractions, too.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
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How about a Route 66 trip? Either up to Chicago, or out West. There are tons of Web pages showing the route, and it's entertaining, and staying in a vintage motel (even a wigwam in Arizona) and eating at places recommended by travel and food gurus like the Sterns or even Guy Fieri is reasonably priced. There are museums and quirky roadside attractions, too.
That's the dream trip right there. I'm currently using research from different websites to draw up the route in Google Earth. Marking turns, alternate alignments, side trips, mileages and attractions. It's not as easy as it may sound. I've been working on it off and on for a while and I've just made it into Oklahoma.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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If you do a Route 66 trip, be sure to stop in Carthage, MO on a Friday or Sat night. The original Route 66 Drive-In Theater is still open, through the end of summer. Kind of fun for an evening. I believe they have updated to radio-transmitted sound, not just the old boxes. Cash only, and bring your lawn chairs!


66 Drive-In ROCKS
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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If you aren't into country music, I wouldn't go to Branson. Just thinking about the place makes my head hurt.

I'd either go to Chicago or maybe Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
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If you do a Route 66 trip, be sure to stop in Carthage, MO on a Friday or Sat night. The original Route 66 Drive-In Theater is still open, through the end of summer. Kind of fun for an evening. I believe they have updated to radio-transmitted sound, not just the old boxes. Cash only, and bring your lawn chairs!


66 Drive-In ROCKS
Surprisingly, there are quite a few drive-ins open around the midwest. There is one near where my grandparents live in NE Indiana. I'll be up there the last week of June/first week of July and will make it a point to check out a movie there. Their sound is FM transmitted too, so the better your stereo the better the sound. WALL-E and Hulk last summer sounded good on my CTS Bose system.
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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There are a lot of interesting places to see in the Midwest. It is easy to find a lot to do in a number of the cities - even places like Omaha and Indianapolis.

I always head to the library and get the "Off the Beaten Path" series for the area I am heading to and look for interesting museums, fairs and festivals.

Next week, our plant is closing for a week and I will be heading to Dearborn, MI to see the Henry Ford Museum, a great treasure, and then head to Southern Ontario.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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Southwest Ohio has LOTS of stuff to do; from the National Museum of the Air Force, and other aviation-related sights in and around Dayton, OH (and the Wright Brothers were from here) down to the sights in Cincinnati & Northern KY. Newport on the Levy has lots of shopping dining and other attractions, including the Newport Aquarium. Cincinnati offers a nice zoo and Union Station, which has museums and other attractions. King's Island Amusement Park is just North of Cincinnati, as well.
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